Blazer management must have heaved a heavy sigh of relief when Darius Miles was recently released by the Celtics. I still have questions as to how the scenarios could play out.
If Miles is picked up, he has to sit out 10 games for violating the NBA substance abuse policy, right?
If so, Darius is not going to get picked up to fill a sudden hole caused by temporary unavailability of a player due to injury.
Who if anyone has to pay for the 10 games he doesn't play?
Is he suspended, does that mean no one pays? Are we going to see the Blazers pick him up with 11 games to go just to not have to pay him for 10 of those? Or have the Blazers already got that financial relief? Or is there a settlement on the books?
All of those considerations aside, if the new team anyway becomes liable, to the League or to the player, for the money for not playing, that could be a deal-breaker.
Sitting out doesn't count as playing, right?
No one could hire him to a 10-day contract just to have his salary count against us the following year, right? I mean, they would have to have the room and wait out the suspension, right?
Who would want a project player like Miles, facing a doping suspension, on the back end of what might not be even called a career?
I am looking at you, Pat Riley.
Really, though, any guesses where this guy might fit? Houston has Battier. Detroit, no. Charlotte? Denver?
So, if none gets Miles under longer than the minimum 10-day contract, does that mean we are free of him from the salary cap for the following season? Do we gotta make it the whole year?
Thanks for the information and ideas!